The 10th Victim [DVD] [1965]

Blue Underground has given Elio Petri's zesty and visually inventive satire La Decima Vittima (aka The 10th Victim) a fresh release on Region One DVD after its initial North American DVD presentation from Anchor Bay Entertainment dropped out of print. The new edition of The 10th Victim has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16:9 monitors. The quality of the image is very good indeed; Gianni Di Venanzo's cinematography looks sharp and clear on this disc, and the colors and both natural and sharply vivid when they need to be. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo and features two different sound tracks -- the original Italian language track, which is clear and pleasing, and a dubbed English-language version, which is louder but has a harsher tone that leans heavier on the high end (though the dubbing is good for the period). The disc also features optional English subtitles, which are clear and easy to read. Bonus materials include the picture's original British-release trailer and biographical essays and filmographies for stars Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. There isn't a significant difference between Blue Underground's new version of The 10th Victim and the out-of-print Anchor Bay release in terms of quality and features, so if you have the old disc you probably won't feel the need to upgrade it, but fans who've been looking for the movie while its been unavailable will be happy to find it back in print and looking great.
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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Talent bios

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The 10th Victim
That old phrase "you always hurt the one you love" takes on a new meaning in this satiric comedy. In the 21st Century, government and the private sector have come together to create a solution to human aggression by giving it a profitable outlet. "The Big Hunt" is a popular worldwide game show in which contestants, identified as "Hunter" and "Victim" and chosen at random by computer, chase one another around the globe; the player who can kill his counterpart is declared the winner and moves on to another match. After ten wins, the player is retired from the game and gets a cash prize of one million dollars, but few have managed that feat. The sponsors of "The Big Hunt" (a tea company known to give contestants bonuses for mentioning their slogans on camera) bring together two current champions for a special match. Marcello Polletti (Marcello Mastroianni) plays the game for money after a nasty and expensive break-up with his wife, and he's just completed his sixth round. Marcello is the victim and is being pursued by Caroline Meredith (Ursula Andress), a beautiful but highly skilled hunter who after nine wins isn't about to let Marcello slip through her fingers. However, as Marcello and Caroline warily follow one another (she posing as a television reporter and he as the leader of a cult of sun worshipers), they become infatuated with one another, a development that interferes with the game in unexpected ways. Directed by Elio Petri, La Decima Vittima (aka The 10th Victim) has earned a loyal cult following among film buffs for its pointed humor and the romantic chemistry between Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, who were briefly an item off screen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marcello Mastroianni
    Marcello Mastroianni - Marcello Polletti
  • Ursula Andress
    Ursula Andress - Caroline Meredith
  • Elsa Martinelli
    Elsa Martinelli - Olga
  • Massimo Serato
    Massimo Serato - Lawyer
  • Salvo Randone
    Salvo Randone - Professor

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